Is Nail Fungus Contagious?

Is Nail Fungus Contagious?

Toenail fungus is more common than a lot of people think. If you’ve ever found yourself with toenail changes like crumbling, yellowing, thickening, or cracking, you might be dealing with a fungal infection under your nail bed. At that point, most people wonder how they found themselves in this situation.

Here at Neosculpt Laser Vein & Cosmetic Surgery Center in Abilene, Texas, Nikunj Patel, MD, FACC, and our team want to help you understand these infections, from how you get them to what you can do about them. Beyond helping to educate about this common problem, we also offer highly effective laser treatment to quickly kill the infection. 

We’ll get into that soon, but let’s first look at how you might have contracted nail fungus to begin with. 

The contagiousness of nail fungus

Is nail fungus contagious? Long story short: Yes

The tiny microorganisms that cause these infections aren’t airborne, so you don’t need to worry that sitting next to someone will be enough to land you with nail fungus. But the microorganisms — called dermatophytes — can spread via direct contact and through surfaces. 

Like most fungi, dermatophytes thrive in damp areas. That means they’re more likely to survive on a surface long enough to affect you if the area is damp. You’re particularly likely to get nail fungus from wet areas like your bathroom at home (if someone in your household has a fungal infection) or the locker room at the gym. 

How to get rid of toenail fungus

Fortunately, if someone does give you nail fungus, you have a quick and easy way to get rid of it.

Here at our office, we offer laser treatment to target and kill dermatophytes. The treatment takes just minutes and is completely painless.

You should know that our laser treatment kills the nail fungus, but it can’t restore the part of your toenail that the fungus damaged. You’ll need to wait for that to grow out. That makes it important to seek treatment early if you think you might have toenail fungus. Waiting will just mean more of your toenail is impacted, which means you’ll have to wait longer for your healthy nail to grow back in. 

How to avoid toenail fungus

Once your feet are fungus-free, you want to keep them that way. Taking a few preventive measures can go a long way:

Also, if you know someone you live with has nail fungus, consider wearing shoes that are easy to throw on whenever you’re in any shared damp spaces, like the bathroom. 

All told, because nail fungus is contagious, you might find yourself with an infection. Fortunately, all you need to do to get rid of it is call Neosculpt Laser Vein & Cosmetic Surgery Center or request your appointment online today. 

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